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Zimbabwe to host United Nations Economic Commission for Africa conference

Zimbabwe is set to host the 56th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development from 28 February to 05 March 2024.

In a statement issued this Tuesday, the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion, Mthuli Ncube said the conference will take place at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls.

Read the statement:

1. The Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe will have the privilege of hosting the Fifty-Sixth (56th) Session of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls from the 28th of February to the 5th of March 2024.

2. The Conference of Ministers 2024 (Com24) will run under the theme: “Financing the Transition to Inclusive Green Economies in Africa: Imperatives, Opportunities, and Policy Options”.

3. The theme, aptly captures the challenges facing the continent in terms of accessing adequate and timely resources to finance the transition towards green economies and the negative impacts on economies arising from climate change, pandemics, growing debt levels, and conflicts, among others.

4. Beyond the statutory matters of ECA, the Conference will facilitate dialogue and exchange of views by experts and African Ministers responsible for Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, as well as Governors of Central Banks on these pertinent issues for the development agenda of Africa.

5. A high-profile global thought leader will present on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence and Economic Development in Africa”

6. The event will consist of technical deliberations by a Committee of Experts on the theme and statutory issues during the first three days, followed by the Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development during the last two days.

7. In preparation for the Conference, the Government has constituted Inter-Ministerial Technical Sub-Committees drawn from various Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies working closely with the UNECA Secretariat, to lead the coordination of the various aspects of the Conference.

8. The event is part of the government’s contribution as a member to the United Nations family and also presents an opportunity to promote the country globally, as we pursue our Engagement and Re-engagement drive with the International Community.

UNECA is one of the UN’s five regional commissions. Its mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development.


In other news – Selmor Mtukudzi shares her father Oliver Mtukudzi’s lobola list he paid in Rhodesia dollars

Popular Zimbabwean musician Selmor Mtukudzi has posted her late father Oliver Mtukudzi’s roora/lobola (bride price) list his in-laws asked him to pay when he married his first wife, Melody Murape.

Oliver Mtukudzi

Melody Murape is Selmor’s mother. According to a calculation done by 3-mob.com, Mtukudzi was asked to pay 523 Rhodesian dollars. At the time the roora list was drafted (1978), one British pound was equivalent to two Rhodesian dollars, which translates to a total of GBP262.50. Read More

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